For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Westerly Yachts renews its collaboration with Dubois Naval Architects
NSY in Slovenia has completed a new agreement with Ed Dubois, the designer of many Westerly models.
In January 2005 at Düsseldorf Boot, Westerly Yachts and NSY announced a partnership to build new Westerlys in Slovenia using leading-edge composite technology. Now as the next step in the re-introduction of the famous Westerly sailboats, NSY have reached agreement with the Westerly naval architect, Ed Dubois, to use his designs for the new Westerly GK35 and Westerly Ocean 35. “We are really pleased about being associated with Dubois” says NSY managing director Niko Prodan. “Ed was the designer for many of the very successful Westerly models, and we are thrilled about collaborating with such a recognized naval architect.”
Dubois Naval Architects was founded in 1977 and initial success came with offshore racing yachts. This lead to involvement in the production boat industry and in more recent times the company has been at the forefront of sailing superyacht design. Responsible for a wide range of yachts both sail and power from 40 to 200 feet, Dubois Naval Architects have developed the resource and experience to push the established parameters of yacht design.
NSY (New System Yachts) was founded in the late 1990s. They have developed an exclusive carbon fibre & vacuum infused epoxy resin lamination technology, derived from both the boating and the aeronautical industries. Westerly NSY intends to design, develop and produce an exclusive range of performance cruising and club boats with fine design, fine finish, with strong structural design and technology, and with a wide range of customizable options to suit the individual owner. Their first models will the Westerly GK35, a performance model, and the Westerly Ocean 35, a strong comfortable cruising yacht.
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Phone: +386 1 521 1913
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Westerly Is Back. In Black
Westerly, one of the most recognized marine brands, is back on the water and ready to shake the sailing world with its sexy, black and silver epoxy-infusion carbon hull.
Debuting at the Southampton Boat Show (16-25 September, 2005), the Westerly GK 35, brainchild of New System Yachts, is poised to set the standard as the ultimate Boys’ Toy, combining performance and style with a serious serving of sex appeal.
Klemen Puklavec, Niko Prodan and Andrej Knego met whilst studying mechanical engineering at university in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Working together, the three men developed new technology in vacuum infusion, epoxy and carbon. Seeking a medium to show off their new technology, they chose the Westerly 35, designed by the renowned naval architect Ed Dubois.
Then they brought on board the intellectual property rights to the Westerly brand, contracts and technical tooling, owned by Gordon Mowat and Jeremy Hood, both resident in the United States. The eventual joining forces of these six men is an intriguing story in itself, and culminated in January 2005 with the birth of this new and stunning range which includes the Westerly GK 35, and the Ocean 35 with a choice of fin or twin keels.
Through the development of a unique vacuum-infusion process derived from the aeronautical industry, using high-tech carbon fibre mat, they have created a yacht that is lighter, stiffer and stronger. A special keel has also been designed to lower the center of gravity, thus allowing a bigger sail area to be used.
The range, with its leading edge technology, continues the Westerly tradition of strength and safety, with the addition of the new and unique technology providing high performance in an even stronger yet lighter boat.
The result gives a sensationally strong sailing performance
The GK 35 boasts a fresh look at excellent interior layout and finish. The high standard of craftsmanship shines though the quality of the seamless woodwork and there is a wide range of options for interior colours, fabrics and veneers.
The superior standard specification includes Harken deck kit, TackTick instrumentation, Yanmar diesel & saildrive. Dual 12 VDC and 220VAC sockets are located throughout, with pressurized fresh and seawater, and automatic electricity management, water cooled fridge, stainless steel fittings and valves.
MD Niko Prodan said, “We are committed to constant innovation and design development in order to produce this exclusive range of performance cruising and club boats. We are concentrating on the finest design, finish and technology and want to offer a wide range of customizable options. This is a very individual boat for a very individual sailor.”
“This boat will never disappoint and certainly turns heads on the water. What an achievement from the team! This is absolutely why Jeremy and I acquired and cherished the Westerly brand until we found exactly the right team to bring our dream for a new Westerly to fulfillment,” Gordon Mowat.
For further information please contact Andrej Knego, Westerly Marketing Director on
+386 (0)15211913 [email protected]
For media information please contact:
Louise Ellis, Carswell Gould Associates, 02380 238001
Eastgate House, Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2NY
News Release 22 September 2005
Ed Dubois bestows the all-new Westerly his full Seal of Approval
Launched at the Southampton Boat Show by Ed Dubois, the renowned naval architect, the Westerly GK 35 has attracted some serious attention. Mr Dubois described the ‘engineering and the attention to detail, both interior and exterior’ as ‘extraordinary’. Mr Dubois also went on to say he was ‘delighted with this new Westerly, a Westerly truly engineered for the 21st century’.
Westerly, as one of the most recognised marine brands, is back on the water and shaking the sailing world with its sexy, black and silver epoxy-infusion carbon hull. The stunning new GK 35 has become something of a star at the show, attracting countless visitors who are keen to witness this phoenix rising as the new look Westerly takes the marine world by storm.
Jeremy Hood, who co-owns the intellectual property rights to the Westerly brand comments:
‘Starting on Friday with Ed Dubois’ comments and approval, we have had nothing but compliments and praise for this fantastic new boat. This is a very exciting time for Westerly, the future for the brand looks wonderful’.
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For further information please contact Andrej Knego
Westerly Marketing Director
+44 (0) 2380 238110 [email protected]
For media information please contact:
Louise Ellis/Alice Wright, Carswell Gould Associates
+44 (0) 2380 238001
Eastgate House, Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2NY
Less than a year after the public and press acclaimed the new Westerly GK35, the yachting brand synonymous with marine excellence, is launching the eagerly anticipated GK 35C. The sleek sister to the GK 35 features the same innovative carbon/epoxy technology, but even lighter with a few minor changes to the interior, resulting in an even faster model.
This is a boat to dazzle and turn heads with looks and performance that will leave many of its rivals standing. The price of £109,000 inclusive of VAT makes the GK 35C hard to resist. The stunning launch news is that the first will be offered for only £89,900 including VAT.
The specification of the GK 35C includes Harken deck kit, TackTick wireless instrumentation, Yanmar diesel and saildrive, and dual 12 VDC and 220 VAC throughout.
The slimmed-down but chic interior layout and finish and the consistently high standard of craftsmanship shine through, the wonderful seamless carpentry has a choice of open grain varnish or oiled finish and robust but beautiful bulkhead and overhead lining.
Andrej Knego, marketing director, said ‘We are convinced that this outstanding boat addresses an important number of sailors wanting a fast, light sailboat for successful club meets, with the comfort required for easy live-aboard, at a price that makes it very affordable. We expect to expand sales of the outstanding
GK 35C also to a new kind of Westerly customer, reassured by our hard work, wonderful history, great new technology and commitment to the brand. We have purposefully honed the design of the GK 35C in order to produce a fit for purpose, sleek, performance yacht, lighter and faster but with all the superior technology we have pledged to provide to our owners. This special launch price of only £89,900 is our demonstration of the commitment we have to the success of Westerly.”
The GK 35C is £109.900 including VAT; we have a special promotional offer for a limited number of boats for £89.900 including VAT. A similar promotional offer is being made for a limited number of the full-specification GK 35, £109.900 including VAT (list price £128.060 including VAT).